Hydeaway of your own
MORE than a hideaway for headline-making starlets, Hyde Lounge on the Sunset Strip is a style bar-raiser offering a fresh look for fall. New York-based Icrave Design Studio has outfitted the guest-list-only space with custom Brazilian rosewood paneling, copper-leafed ceilings, Ultrasuede walls and mock-croc leather seating. The petrified-wood side tables come from Japanache on Robertson Boulevard, and low lighting and iron candle sconces can help anyone bring the club’s “rich and moody vibe” home, says Theresa Fatino, chief creative officer of SBE Entertainment Group, which owns Hyde. Fatino’s other suggestions for re-creating the look: “Choose a warm palette with dark woods and metallic finishes and emphasize texture with faux skins. The combination of hard, soft and organic feels masculine, and by contrast that makes women look even more beautiful.”
Billy Haines is back
Interest in the late interior designer William Haines, architect of the midcentury Hollywood deluxe look, continues to soar. Last week Christie’s realized $750,000 at an auction of items from a late 1950s Haines interior done for film producer Armand Deutsch. Now comes a handsome informational website, www.williamhaines.com, featuring lavish illustrations of Haines’ commissions and photos of his designs used in the recently refurbished Beverly Hilton. Though vintage Haines pieces command record prices -- a set of four Brentwood chairs Haines created for Deutsch sold for $28,800 at the Christie’s sale -- reissues are now available. The 2006 edition Brentwood chair shown here, still handmade by the same California furniture builders that Haines used, is available for $5,310 (fabric not included) through Lindley Associates in Los Angeles, (310) 289-0280.
Sit where the stars sat, all for a good cause
If cushions could talk, oh, what this pouf might dish. As the centerpiece of the one-night-only green room at the recent Emmy Awards, this 4-foot-square coral velvet and silver-leafed seat offered a perch for presenters and winners such as Kiefer Sutherland and Mariska Hargitay. Designers Matthew White and Frank Webb of the firm White Webb created the piece as well as the rest of the Morocco-a-go-go backstage celebrity casbah, sponsored by Architectural Digest. Now they have now donated the seat to Clothes Off Our Back, which raises money for children’s charities. It will auction the piece as Item 173 in its fifth annual Emmy Auction. Online bidding runs until 6 p.m. Friday. www.clothesoffourback.org.
Early holiday shopping? In order to get the 12 varieties of cactus in this lovely wreath properly rooted for Thanksgiving delivery, plant designer Jeff Karsner is taking orders now. “I was inspired by Native American designs and used dwarf cacti that resemble stars, bows, trees, bulbs and tiny drifts of snow,” says Karsner, a succulent propagator at the Huntington gardens. He makes each of the limited-edition year-end arrangements by hand. The $350 creation shown here can be broken down after the holidays, to be potted in containers or planted in the ground. (818) 623-0685 or www.cactuswreath.com.